Golden Rod Seed Pack


Solidago virgaurea. 

Traditionally associated with treating wounds, goldenrod is a well researched species that is now used primarily for treating urinary tract conditions and for its anti-inflammatory properties. 

Also known as woundwort, its long history of use as a wound-healer is also said to have influenced the naming of its genus Solidago, which comes from the latin words ‘solidus’ and ‘agere’ – meaning ‘to make solid or whole’. 

A perennial that is native to large areas of the northern hemisphere, Solidago virgaurea has evolved into many subspecies and varieties, all of which share its characteristic late-summer golden yellow flowers. It is an easy plant to grow; it appears to tolerate everything the British weather can throw at it and never seems to be nibbled by slugs or caterpillars. 

Harvest the flowering tops in their second year, or leave the flowers to grow into white fluffy seed heads.  When backlit by the autumn sun, the seeds are every bit as beautiful as the golden flowers. 

Sowing and Growing 

Sow indoors anytime from early spring, or outdoors once the soil has warmed up. Sow on the surface, cover with a very thin layer of soil and press firmly, keeping moist throughout. Germination normally takes 1-2 weeks. Plant out after risk of frost has passed. 

Uses and Benefits 

For many centuries goldenrod has been used as a urinary alterative, helping to soothe irritation, discomfort and infections. 

It is also known for loosening phlegm and removing respiratory congestion. It is high in saponins, the ‘soapy’ substances that can cause a bit of counter-irritation that helps to expectorate mucus. Its affinity for the upper respiratory tract make it useful for sore throats and hayfever too. Because it is good for digestion, lungs and urinary system, it is considered an ‘all rounder’. 

Harvesting and Preparation 

Harvest the flowering tops in its second year and then dry in bunches tied upside down in a well ventilated room. Or cut into small pieces and dry in a dehydrator at 25C for 12 hours. 
Use 6-10g per day in teas (2-3 tsp per cup). It tastes better with elderflower and mint. 

Minimum 50 seeds per pack.